Grateful Dead Live at Starlight Theater on 1982-08-03
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- Grateful Dead
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d1t01 - Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->
d1t02 - Franklin's Tower ->
d1t03 - New Minglewood Blues
d1t04 - Peggy-O
d1t05 - El Paso ->
d1t06 - Cumberland Blues
d1t07 - Althea
d1t08 - Cassidy
d1t09 - Big Railroad Blues ->
d1t10 - Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
d1t11 - Might As Well
d2t01 - Shakedown Street ->
d2t02 - Samson And Delilah
d2t03 - To Lay Me Down
d3t01 - Let It Grow ->
d3t02 - Drums ->
d3t03 - Space ->
d3t04 - He's Gone ->
d3t05 - The Other One ->
d3t06 - Stella Blue ->
d3t07 - Sugar Magnolia
d3t08 - Casey Jones
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|Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo ->|
|Franklin's Tower ->|
|New Minglewood Blues|
|El Paso ->|
|Big Railroad Blues ->|
|Man Smart (Woman Smarter)|
|Might As Well|
|Shakedown Street ->|
|Samson And Delilah|
|To Lay Me Down|
|Let It Grow ->|
|He's Gone ->|
|The Other One ->|
|Stella Blue ->|
(FOB/27th Row) Senn 441 -> Cassette Master -> Dat -> CD supplies
Mississippi Half Step (0:00 - 0:29)
Peggy-O (0:00 - 0:27)
Big Railroad Blues (0:00 - 0:02)
Let It Grow (10:39 - 10:52)
The Other One (6:00 - 6:15)
Stella Blue (6:06 - End Of Show)
-- Can not confirm lineage...I have my doubts
-- 2nd Set disc change is seamless
- 2008-01-17 05:50:18
- CD -> Samplitude Professional v7.02 -> FLAC
- Kansas City, MO
- Run time
- Transferred by
- Charlie Miller
- Starlight Theater
Subject: Blind Wonderin
Subject: I'm going to Kansas City
An outdoor show at the attractive Starlight, known for (and traded because of) a great Shakedown. It also has one of the better second sets from the year. This was their first time at the amphitheater, and though there are more consistent shows overall from this tour (say, 7/29), and better shows later in '82, there are a few don't-miss highlights here. The 1st set has a flat Bobby and a trainwrecking Jer, with short bursts of GOGD, but the 4-song pre-Drums sequence in the 2nd set is money.
First Set. The SBD is poor quality for the first couple songs; you'll do better with an AUD. The FOH mix was poor for Half-Step Mississippi and Jer is cold so it's kind of a wash. But they do warm up: Franklin's is not an all-timer, but it's fun. Minglewood, however, outright sizzles (KC fillies/Kansas City). Peggy-O is solid and Jer keeps taking measures [the SBD speeds & slows here]. After a perfunctory El Paso, Cumberland surprises with alacrity. The rest is average to below average. Althea is a sludgefest with no big solos and Cassidy is a borderline clunker, though Big Railroad perks halfway. A raggedy Might as Well signals the break.
Second Set. As they tune, somebody shouts a request for "Mars Hotel", perhaps from an alternate universe where that's the band's best set opener. Shakedown soon hits X factor, then delivers a gobsmacking jam. Great version, Brent in particular. Likewise the Samson, which builds spires on top of that granitic base. Jer knows he's on top of a good one so he extends To Lay Me Down [it's longer than 12/14/90]. Let it Grow is led by Jer with concentrated intent, plus check out what Bobby does after Jer/Phil leave [the very beginning is cut on SBDs; use 136587_senn441 here]. He's Gone is tight, if sans fireworks, but they make up for it on a slick Other One. Here the SBD abruptly speeds, needing -1.5% pitch correction from 6:03>6:19. The sweet Stella needs -1.5% from 8:08>end. The rest of the set is average, but with a fluctuating SBD. Sugar Magnolia needs -1.5% from 0:00>3:30; -2% 3:30>4:50; -1% 4:50>5:20. Casey Jones needs -1% from 0:00>2:57 & 3:40>end. This was the last CJ for nearly two years.
1st Set: C
2nd Set: B
Overall = 3¼ stars
New Minglewood Blues – sizzles like a KC Strip cut
Shakedown Street – delivers awesome jam, listen to each player
Samson & Delilah – floats on Shakedown's angel's share, builds
Let it Grow – w/concentrated intent
The Other One – twirls, swings back, forth
SOURCES: All sources have mix, pitch & EQ issues. AUDs surpass the SBD in places. The clearest AUD is the 145217_fob_beyer. It has the beginning notes of Half-Step Mississippi that are missing from (even the patched) SBDs, as well as a couple solos that are turned down/off on SBDs. It runs a bit fast in places. The tetzeli_fix-19228_33614 runs from slightly fast to way too fast. The partial_121973 runs too slow. The 158506_senn421_vita has extreme pitch errors, running from 1%>3% too fast in the 1st set, and 3%>4% too slow in the 2nd set. All SBDs have pitch issues, running too fast, and have below avg sound qual [no lows, hissing highs, some buzzing], improving marginally for the second set. The miller_77196 has the best sound quality, though you need to re-pitch and EQ [try lifting 70>180hz shelved; dropping a notch @600hz, rising considerably from there to 6k and shelved across the rest of the highs]. It needs -2% pitch correction for the first 30secs of Half-Step, then -1.5% for the rest of the first two songs. Minglewood needs -1% along with the first 29secs of Peggy-O and all of Cumberland. The first few secs of Big Railroad need -2%. The second half of the second set has wonky pitch errors, as outlined above. The sbd_unk_19228 has similar pitch errors but lesser sound qual. Or, you can try the chappell_30705 MTX, which needs -1.5% correction for the first set and -1% for the second set. It doesn't really sound that different from the [best] SBD.
And then there is the occasional show that while casually listening to, you go "Oh my god." This show is one where I hit the Favorite button because its genuinely a standout being a smoking show, and one that deserves the recognition.
I also have been skimming over the names of so many venues they played over the decades that without attending, or being near to it, you would never think twice about the contribution the venue gave the show. Ive heard of the Starlight theater but just thought it was a theater, like the capital, the orpheum, or whatever. I was pretty amazed when I saw photos of this place. Very cool.
Subject: I was 24 and will never forget this show
Subject: 8/3/82 Is The Magic
Subject: Summer ‘82
Subject: Summer 1982
And to the grumpy old timer below, just chill. Some people only saw the beginning in the 60s, others the 70s, 80s or even the 90s. Many crossed decades. But every decade had its ups and downs (albeit more downs as time wore on.). But one thing holds true: When they were “on” it was “on” for sure, a musical and social event with no rivals. My heavy time was 1980-1989 and I am blessed for being at some truly incredible shows that I would rack up there with some of the best. True, I had to wade through some clunkers, but that just made the great ones that much sweeter.
Subject: gotta get down
Subject: Thank You Charlie!!!
As an old Stagehand, I think I can be s good objective reviewer on technical merits. This is a lovely show. Tape wear and stretches, and 30+ years of age from original recording night, all considered.
I don't hear the "cut" in Stella others say is there. Sounds great while I type this. All around solid playing from the band, and I would have left feeling I got my money's worth at the end.
Again, all the thanks to Charlie for being so kind to bring this recording for us all to enjoy. It's the 08-03 #DeadOnThisDate pick on twitter.
Subject: Love is love, not fade away
As for this show, a highlight from summer of 1982. Along with Iowa City, my favorite from the 6 shows I caught that summer.
Oh to be 23 again, still in grad school, and having the luxury of time and lack of real world responsibilities. Able to hop in the car and catch a few shows around this fantabulous country.
So whether you think this is the best show ever, or a dog, or just a good show for the era, be grateful it happened at all. Just like life, nothing is certain. So appreciate life and all it has given you. Especially the opportunity to have experienced the Grateful Dead. Lord knows my life is better for having gone to shows from 74 to 95 and beyond. A lifetime of great friends and wondrous memories. And as 60,000 of us chanted leaving Soldier Field after the 3rd Fare Thee Well show...... love is love, NOT FADE AWAY!
Subject: bread crumb
Subject: old man I is now old man II and III and IV
Subject: Now I'm Gone
Subject: Miller Masterpiece
This sounds fantastic and what a show. Mississippi Half-Step, Franklin's, To Lay Me Down, Cumberland, Big RR Blues, none of those were standard fare for 1982 and they were playing really, really well during the Summer 82 tour.
Subject: beedub..I wish I could be just like you..yawn!
Subject: A fine show for the era
Now, as for the debate on this page, both sides are half right and half wrong, I think. I certainly agree that the best years of Grateful Dead music are from the 60s and 70s, and even though I was too young to see them then (my first was in high school, in 1985) I'm well aware that in the early years there was a personal, musical and psychedelic intensity that goes beyond what we experienced later. So in that sense the crotchety old guy is right.
Where he's wrong is that he came off like a condescending jerk while doing it. It's not just what you say, but how you say it.
There's a significant subjective component to music appreciation, and also a very real objective one. I can't understand people who say that the early 80s are just as good as the early 70s (or better, as a few even claim), and in many cases there are objective reasons to say they're wrong...some of it depends on what you like...but all of this nonsense could be avoided if people would just learn to talk about "my favorite" or "I prefer this over that" instead of just saying What It Is.
None of us are qualified to do that. If you don't get that everyone's POV on the Dead is valid on some level, I can guarantee that you're completely missing the point, because this is something Garcia himself hammered over and over in interviews.
Bottom line - if you like this era of Dead you'll probably like this show, and if not, not. If you don't know, check it out, it's an above average representation of the period and a fine example of the style of the time.
Enjoy, and peace
Subject: Bitter or realistic?
Subject: jewel of the summer tour
Subject: Don't be bitter, old man
Not everyone worships at the same altar as you. Please spare us the trotting out of the old sacred cow that no performance outside of '68 through '74 (or wherever you put the bookends) can ever be considered as good as one inside of those dates.
Take a piece of music like the Stranger from 7-17-89. Jerry's solo is jazz, and it is masterful. He hints at an idea, then goes off to pursue another related but clearly distinct musical idea, then returns to the original riff and nails it home. It is nothing like a scorching Viola Lee solo from '68 or a mind-melting '72 Dark Star, but it is no less good.
If you don't think that the '80s have some great playing by Jerry, some of it up there with his best, even if different, I feel sorry for you. Perhaps you need to expand your listening mind.
This show has some great playing. Maybe not Earth-shattering, as Dead shows go, nonetheless a great band in great form.
Subject: Jerry's best??
Subject: True Gem
This is a "Jerry" night in so many ways (Althea, PeggyO, Big RxR) despite a somewhat shot voice, the playing is consistently awesome, on point, on time, and inspired.
highlights (so many):
Mississippi -> Franklins (across the river grandeo and the ->)
Peggy-O reaches into the fantastic soundscape and takes on a dreamy story quality (same goes with Althea)
Cumberland has a very good pace here along with Big RxR Blues
of course no review can ignore the superior Lay me Down and Stella Blue, perhaps the two best cuts of these songs ever done by the GD.
UNFORTUNATELY Stella is CUT, BRUTALLY right where Jerry took off into the stratosphere which as we all know, did not happen very often with Stella.
With that caveat, if you have not heard this show, it is absolutely worth it. Good evidence for the uneven 80's producing some of the greatest work Jerry ever produced.
Subject: soggy and hot